It's true!  We have much to celebrate in our region...improving schools, an expanding base of jobs, and our best-kept secret -- the quality of life where leaders actually care about making this a great place to live.  But, there is more!  Many not-for-profit organizations are also making things better.  And you can be a part of this momentum by getting involved.  Just take a look at the organizations listed on this page and click on the links for more information and volunteer opportunities.  You can make a difference in your community.


The mission of the Natural Land Institute is to create an enduring
legacy of natural land in northern Illinois for people, plants, and
animals.  Since 1958, the Natural Land Institute has helped to 
preserve and restore more than 16,000 acres of natural land in
northern Illinois.  They oversee a number of familiar areas such
as Castle Rock State Park, Pecatonica Ridge Prairie Nature Preserve,
Nachusa Grasslands, Colored Sands Forest Preserve, just to name
a few.  The Institute serves the region as a land trust and accepts
donations of properties, buys land, manages natural areas, and
helps landowners establish legal agreements that permanently
limit harmful use and development.


Alignment Rockford
(815) 774-4389

Alzheimer's Association,
Greater Illinois Chapter
Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
(815) 484-1300

American Red Cross
(815) 963-8471

Anderson Japanese Gardens
Mon-Fri 9:00 am-6:00pm Sat 9:00am- 4:00pm Sun 10:00-4:00pm
(815) 316-3285

Angelic Organics Learning Center
M-F 9am-5pm
(815) 389-8455

Barbara Olson Center of Hope
(815) 964-9275

Belvidere/Boone County Food Pantry
Sunday Closed Monday 8am-3pm
Tuesday 8am-3pm Wednesday Closed
Thursday 8am-3pm Friday
8am-3pm Saturday Closed
Food Distribution day is Tuesday
(815) 569-1571

Boone County Conservation District
(815) 547-7935

Boys and Girls Club of Rockford
Varies by club: see website
(815) 972-5973

BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding and Education Center
Monday-Saturday: 9am-6pm
(815) 765-2113

Carpenter's Place
Monday-Friday 8am- 4:30pm.
We are closed weekends and holidays
(815) 964-4015

Catholic Charities Ombudsman Program

Chicago Rockford International Airport
(815) 969-4412

Child & Family Connections #1/Access Services of Northern Illinois
Serving infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities
in Winnebago, Boone, Ogle, Bureau, Marshall, and Putnam Counties
815-654-6170   800-921-0094

Children's Closet
(815) 332-2157
(see rock river valley food pantry)

Children's Home + Aid
(815) 720-2162

Comprehensive Community Solutions, Inc
Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
(815) 963-6236

Discovery Center Museum
Monday-Friday 10am-5pm
(815) 963-6769

Easter Seals Autism Therapeutic School  - Rockford
(815) 965-6745
Visit them online

Easter Seals Teen Family Support Program & Family Support Program
(815) 965-5069
Teen Family Support Program Online
Family Support Program Online

Easter Seals TAP Service Center
(815) 395-5566

Ethnic Heritage Museum
Sundays 2-4 pm. weekly by preregistration
and calling (815) 962-7402 (815) 962-7401

Gigi's Playhouse
Mon-Fri 9am-4pm
(815) 654-7529

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois
Mon-Fri: 8:30am-5pm
(815) 962-5591

Golden Apple Foundation
(815) 226-4180

Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois
Store hours: Mon-Fri (9am-9pm) Saturday (9am-7pm)
Sunday (10am-6pm)
Donation hours: Monday-Friday (8am-8pm)
Saturday (8am-6pm) Sunday (9am-5pm)
(815) 965-3795

Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center
9am-4pm Mon-Wed/ Friday 9a-7p

Hoo Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center
(815) 629-2212

 Inspiration of Hope

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful
Business office: Mon-Fri 8a-4:30pm,
2nd floor, 5417 N Second St, Loves Park. No drop offs.
Rockford Recycle Center, 4665 Hydraulic Road, Tuesdays 23-5pm; Saturdays 9am-Noon.
Roscoe Recycle Center, 13125 N. Second Street, Saturdays only 9am-Noon.
Times for offsite Special Events vary:
Clothing Drives
9am-2pm on the second Saturday in May, July, and October at Belvidere Township Building,
8200 Fairgrounds Rd.; Machesney Park Center, 8702 N. Second Street; Rockford Recycle
Center and Roscoe Recycle Center.
Medication Collection
Second Saturday in June 9am-2pm, Machesney Park Town Center, south parking lot.
9am-Noon, South Beloit Fire Station and Belvidere Township Building
Belvidere Township Building.
(815) 637-1343

Ken-rock Community Center
9-9pm Monday-Thursday 9-6pm Fridays Weekends-seasonal
(815) 398-8864

Klehm Arbortum & Botanic Garden
9am-8pm everyday May-October
(815) 965-8146

La Voz Latina
(815) 965-5784

Lifescape Community Services Inc.
8:00am- 4:30pm Mon-Fri

Lutheran Social Services
The Rockford LSSI office is currently seeking adults with
loving hearts to become foster parents.

LYDIA Home Association
8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday
(815) 966-0039

Midway Village Museum Museum Center, Mill house, Old Doll's House and Museum Store:
Janaury-April/ September-December Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm Saturday 10:30am-4pm
closed Sunday and Monday May-August Tuesday- Friday 10am-4pm Saturday
and Sunday 10:30-4pm Closed Monday
Village Hours: Thursday-Sunday 11am-4pm (May) Tuesday-Sunday 11am-4pm (June-August)
Last Village Tour starts at 3pm Closed Monday
(815) 397-9112 EXT 111

Northern Illinois Alliance on Mental Illness
Hours will vary. Please see our website listed below
(815) 963-2470

Northern Illinois Food Bank

Northern Illinois Hospice & Grief Center
Office Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm
(815) 398-0500

Northern Illinois SCORE
Wednesday and Friday, 9am-12 noon
otherwise by appointment
(815) 962-0122

Northwest Community Center
(815) 964-6885 ext 240

Ogle County CASA (Court appointed special advocates)
Monday-Thursday 8:30am-4:00 pm.
Friday 8:30 am-noon
(815) 288-1901

Prairie State Legal Services
8:30am-12pm and 1:00pm-5:00 Monday-Friday
(815) 965-2134

Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
(After Memorial Day to Labor Day please note Friday Summer hours 8am-12pm)
(815) 968-7467

Remedies Renewing Lives
General hours of operation: Mon-Thu 8a-5p Fridays until 1pm.
Services outside of these hours are by prior arrangement (medication, group and individual counseling).
The emergency domestic violence shelter is staffed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
(815) 966-1285

Rock House Kids
Office hours are Mon-Friday 9am-3pm. Children programming Mon and Wed evenings 5:30-8pm
After school program Tues/Thurs 3:30-5pm
(815) 962-5067

Rock River Valley Blood Center
Locations in Rockford, Belvidere, Freeport

Rock River Valley Pantry
421 S. Rockton Ave
M-F 1-4PM. 1100 Broadway M-F 10A-12P
(815) 965-2466

Rock Valley College Community Education
Mon-Fri 8a-5p
(815) 921-3900

Rockford Area Arts Council
(815) 963-6765

Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Mon-Fri 5AM to 4PM Sat 8AM to 12PM
(815) 209-2459

Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore:
Wednesday-Friday 10a-6p Saturday 10a-4p
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30a- 4:00p
(815) 636-4573

Rockford Lutheran School
(815) 877-9551

Rockford MELD Homeless shelter 
620 Kishwaukee St. 24 hours
Ph: (815) 963-3369 Adm Office M-TH 8am-4:30pm
Ph: (815) 633-6353

Rockford Park District

Rockford Public Schools
Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm
(815) 489-7295

Rockford Rescue Mission
(815) 965-5332

Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling
M-F 8:30-4:30
Evenings by appointment (815) 636-9811

Rockford University
Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00 pm
(815) 394-5143

Rosie's Birthday Club

Severson Dells

Shelter Care Ministires
(815) 964-5520

Shining Star Childrens Advocacy Center
(815) 284-1891

St. Paul Lutheran Church & School Office
Staffed 8am-4pm
(815) 963-5435

The literacy Council
8am-7pm Monday-Thursday
(815) 963-7323

The Salvation Army
(815) 962-7207

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens
Tues-Sun, office open 9am-5pm,
Tours at 1pm and 3pm
(815) 964-2424

Trinity Day Care, Inc
5:30am-5:30 pm, Mon-Fri
(815) 986-5437

United Way of Rock River Valley
(815) 968-5400

Village of Progress Consumers
present 9am-2:30p
(815) 732-7520

Winnebago County CASA
Mon-Fri 8a-5p
(815) 319-1240

YMCA of Rock River Valley
Mon-Fri 5am-10pm, Sat 6am-6pm, Sun 9am-5pm
(815) 489-1240

Youth Services Network
Office Hours 8am-4:30 on call 24 hours/7 days a week
(815) 986-1947

ZION Development
(815) 964-8280 Ext 10